There’s a game on tonight but for some reason I am thinking about transfers.
Cesc is gone — for those that missed it — for an enormous sum of money.
Nasri is probably on his way too, to Manchester City, and that should only increase our transfer funds.
But how will it be spent? Splashed on two direct replacements or spread around on a three or four?
My preference would be two sign two direct replacements: Lille’s Eden Hazard and Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez. It might sound unlikely, improbable, perhaps even insane. But is it?
Lille have turned down offers for Hazard already due to their presence in the Champions League. But we’ve got Fabregas money and throwing a large portion on that in the French club’s direction could sway their minds.
Hazard has been billed as a star in the making for a while now and was sensational last season as Lille won the title. He is destined to play for a great club — Zinedine Zidane has previously recommended that Real Madrid sign him — and if we did sign him, it would also accelerate Gervinho’s integration at Arsenal.
Yes, he’s only 20 and yes, he’s only succeeded in the French League. But anybody who has watched this kid play will know he is one of a precious few that can run a game from the centre of the pitch, a quality that can be attributed to our outgoing captain.
As for Tevez, does it not make sense?
He wants out, City have just signed Kun Agüero as a replacement and we are light on numbers up top. He would bring star power, aggression and goals and might well cause the fans to stop their panicking.
We’ve essentially replaced Nasri already with Gervinho and could do with a player higher up on the pitch. He might not be the smartest bloke in the world but a big of ruggedness would do wonders for our pressing game and bring out the best in our other attackers.
I rarely focus on transfer speculation but these are exceptional circumstances.
So what do you think? Would these two signings restore your faith? Are they even possible? Or am I just some sort of dreamer who needs to get my head out of the clouds?
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